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  The purpose and goal of brain mapping is to advance the understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain. Scientists in this field seek to gain knowledge of the physical processes that underlie human sensation, attention awareness and cognition. These results are immediately applicable to surgical intervention, to the design of medical interventions and to the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

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07/02
In blinding eye disease, trash-collecting cells go awry, accelerate damage
NIH research points to microglia as potential therapeutic target in retinitis pigmentosa.…
07/01
Boys more likely to have antipsychotics prescribed, regardless of age
NIH-funded study is the first look at antipsychotic prescriptions patterns in the U.S.…
06/29
Umbilical cord ?milking? improves blood flow in preterm infants
For preemies delivered by C-section, technique increases blood pressure, finds NIH-funded study.…
06/25
NIH begins clinical trial of new medication for alcohol use disorder
Study will assess the safety and efficacy of gabapentin enacarbil for treating moderate to severe AU…
06/19
06/19
NIH Council of Councils Members named
New members will serve terms through October 2017.…
06/18
Researchers design placenta-on-a-chip to better understand pregnancy
NIH team and colleagues believe microdevice may improve upon existing placenta models.…
06/17
Study of Ebola survivors opens in Liberia
Trial to examine long-term health effects of Ebola virus disease.…
06/16
Panel urges innovative biomedical research to improve diagnosis and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Panel calls for more research and more opportunities for new investigators to invigorate the field.…
06/11
Study may help Department of Veteran?s Affairs find patients with high risk of suicide
Scientists were able to identify small groups of VA patients with very high, predicted suicide risk.…
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Concept Clearance » Adult Maturational Changes and Dysfunctions in Emotion Regulation
This initiative aims to stimulate mechanistic research on how age- and sex-related changes in emotio…
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Concept Clearance » The Neural Mechanisms of Integrated Social and Emotional Representation
This initiative aims to stimulate and support research investigating the neural circuits and dynamic…
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Blog Post » Early BRAIN Breakthroughs
Dr. Insel blogs about recent breakthroughs from the BRAIN Initiative, which show the promise of what…
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Concept Clearance » Improving Outcomes Associated with Mental Health First Aid
The goal of this initiative is to further the evidence base for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a wi…
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Blog Post » Something Interesting is Happening
Dr. Insel discusses how the Precision Medicine Initiative will create a new kind of patient-driven r…
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Concept Clearance » Reducing the Burden of Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth
The overall goal of this initiative is to stimulate research focused on preventing suicide and promo…
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Concept Clearance » Novel Strategies for Targeting HIV-CNS Reservoirs without Reactivation
The goal of this initiative is to stimulate research to identify latently infected cells in the cent…
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Concept Clearance » Pragmatic Strategies for Assessing Psychotherapy Quality in Practice
This initiative is intended to support the development and testing of pragmatic tools and strategies…
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Blog Post » Accentuate the Positive: Rhythm and Blues
Researchers were able to reverse some of the behavioral effects of stress in mice by stimulating bra…
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Concept Clearance » Preventing Suicide in the Juvenile Justice System
The goal of this initiative is to support research on how to use the structure and legal leverage of…
07/05
Detecting Eye Diseases With Help of a Smartphone
Researchers have developed software for smartphones that can detect eye diseases, such as diabetic m…
07/05
Stronger action needed to transform the UK's energy system
An ambitious policy package is essential for the UK to transform its energy system to achieve the de…
07/03
Old World monkey had tiny, complex brain
The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first ti…
07/03
REM sleep critical for young brain development; medication interferes
Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abili…
07/03
Novel DNA repair mechanism brings new horizons
The DNA molecule is chemically unstable giving rise to DNA lesions of different nature. That is why …
07/03
Brain scans could show risk-level for alcohol abuse, risky sexual behaviour: study
… . The team used non-invasive functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) …
07/03
Challenge to Traditional Theories About How the Brain Processes Actions
According to a new study, the brain plans multiple actions simultaneously prior to selecting one act…
07/03
In blinding eye disease, trash-collecting cells go awry, accelerate damage
Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devour…
07/03
Water to understand the brain
The detection of aqueous influxes in neurons allows a better deciphering of cerebral functioningTo o…
07/02
Nanospiked bacteria are the brightest hard X-ray emitters
In a step that overturns traditional assumptions and practice, researchers at the Tata Institute of …
07/02
Water to understand the brain
By using intrinsic optical signals imaging, researchers from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, …
07/02
In blinding eye disease, trash-collecting cells go awry, accelerate damage
Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devour…
07/02
Water to understand the brain
… imaging techniques, among which functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is the best k…
07/02
Benefits of vitamin B12 supplements for older people questioned
Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people wit…
07/02
Brain activity predicts promiscuity and problem drinking
Brain areas weigh in on risk vs. rewardA pair of brain-imaging studies suggest researchers may be ab…
07/02
Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study says
Experiments link the recycling of a DNA-supporting protein with the formation of new connections amo…
07/02
Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events
When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which …
07/02
Drinking, promiscuity predictable through brain scans: Study
… . The team used non-invasive functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) …
07/02
Two new studies on the connection between hypertension and cognitive decline
With the number of individuals affected by cognitive decline expected to rise over the next few deca…
07/02
HKUST researchers discover ways to regenerate corticospinal tract axons
In the July 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, HKUST researchers report that the deletion of th…
07/02
Brain activity predicts promiscuity and problem drinking
A pair of brain-imaging studies suggest researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults a…
07/02
How the Brain Reconstructs Past Events
A new study reports that when someone tries to remember one aspect of an event, the representation o…
07/02
One in 4 people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions
Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United St…
07/02
In blinding eye disease, trash-collecting cells go awry, accelerate damage
Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devour…
07/02
New guidelines recommend brain stents to fight strokes in certain patients
New devices called stent retrievers are enabling physicians to benefit selected patients who suffer …
07/02
Infection with Wolbachia bacteria curbs fighting among fruit flies
Male fruit flies infected with the bacterium, Wolbachia, are less aggressive than those not infected…
07/02
Benefits of vitamin B12 supplements for older people questioned
Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people wit…
07/01
Task-dependent and distinct roles of the temporoparietal junction and inferior frontal cortex in the control of imitation
The control of neurological networks supporting social cognition is crucially important for social …
07/01
Oxytocin increases bias, but not accuracy, in face recognition line-ups
Previous work indicates that intranasal inhalation of oxytocin improves face recognition skills, ra…
07/01
Viral-genetic tracing of the input?output organization of a central noradrenaline circuit
Deciphering how neural circuits are anatomically organized with regard to input and output is instru…
07/01
Eye-like ocelloids are built from different endosymbiotically acquired components
Multicellularity is often considered a prerequisite for morphological complexity, as seen in the cam…
07/01
Positive top-line results from stroke and TBI cohorts of PRISM II study announced
Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced top-line data from the PRISM II study showing that treatm…
07/01
Directional dominance on stature and cognition in diverse human populations
Homozygosity has long been associated with rare, often devastating, Mendelian disorders, and Darwin …
07/01
Innovative imaging study shows that the spinal cord learns on its own
The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an…
07/01
Examining gray matter structures associated with individual differences in global life satisfaction in a large sample of young adults
Although much attention has been directed towards life satisfaction that refers to an individual&rs…
07/01
Adolescent neighborhood quality predicts adult dACC response to social exclusion
Neuroimaging studies using the social-exclusion paradigm Cyberball indicate increased dorsal anteri…
07/01
Brain activity associated with illusory correlations in animal phobia
Anxiety disorder patients were repeatedly found to overestimate the association between disorder-re…
07/01
Neural correlates of generation and inhibition of verbal association patterns in mood disorders
Objectives: Thought disorders such as rumination or flight of ideas are frequent in patients with m…
07/01
Effect of brain structure and function on reward anticipation in children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder combined subtype
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with decreased ventral-striatal respo…
07/01
The N170 observed 'in the wild': robust event-related potentials to faces in cluttered dynamic visual scenes
As a social species in a constantly changing environment, humans rely heavily on the informational …
07/01
Neural changes with attention bias modification for anxiety: a randomized trial
Attention bias modification (ABM) procedures typically reduce anxiety symptoms, yet little is known…
07/01
Neural responses to maternal criticism in healthy youth
Parental criticism can have positive and negative effects on children’s and adolescents&rsquo…
07/01
Spontaneous default mode network phase-locking moderates performance perceptions under stereotype threat
This study assessed whether individual differences in self-oriented neural processing were associat…
07/01
The effect of context on responses to racially ambiguous faces: changes in perception and evaluation
Reactions to individuals who possess features associated with multiple racial groups may be particu…
07/01
The influence of oxytocin on volitional and emotional ambivalence
Moral decisions and social relationships are often characterized by strong feelings of ambivalence …
07/01
Mapping the relationship between subgenual cingulate cortex functional connectivity and depressive symptoms across adolescence
Changes in the functional connectivity of the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex (SGC) have been l…
06/30
MRI Contract Agents May Leave Result in Metal Gadolinium Deposits in Brain: Study
… to improve test results from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may leave deposits of &#8230…
06/29
Molecular basis for 5-carboxycytosine recognition by RNA polymerase II elongation complex
DNA methylation at selective cytosine residues (5-methylcytosine (5mC)) and their removal by TET-med…
06/22
Impermanence of dendritic spines in live adult CA1 hippocampus
The mammalian hippocampus is crucial for episodic memory formation and transiently retains informati…
06/22
Redox rhythm reinforces the circadian clock to gate immune response
Recent studies have shown that in addition to the transcriptional circadian clock, many organisms, i…
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At left: Virgin Mary in Fort Pierce woman's brain scan

FORT PIERCE A 42-year-old woman without insurance and mounting medical bills plans to sell an MRI scan of her brain in which the image of the Virgin Mary seems to appear. Pamela Latrimore has been sick for years with cancer, arthritis and a series of serious ailments she blames on a childhood in Jacksonville, Ark., a place that has been investigated by the U.S. government for possible dioxin exposure. Dioxin is a toxic chemical linked to a variety illnesses including cancer and liver problems. In 2002, Latrimore had an MRI of her brain done and the results were stashed in her thick pile of medical records. Her sister-in-law looked at the sheet recently and pointed out what appeared to be the image of the Virgin Mary. Having seen where other supposed images of Mary or other religious icons were sold for thousands of dollars, Latrimore plans to post the MRI scan on eBay, the online auction site. She hopes to earn enough money to pay off some of the medical bills she and her contractor husband cannot afford.
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